Employment Discrimination in Arizona

Employment discrimination against protected classes is illegal in Arizona.

April 20, 2018
Federal and state law prohibit Arizona employers from discriminating against employees based on certain characteristics, such as race or religion. (To learn more, see our page on employment discrimination and harassment.)

What Are the Protected Classes in Arizona?

In all 50 states, federal law makes it illegal to discriminate based on:

  • race
  • color
  • national origin
  • religion
  • sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions)
  • disability
  • age (40 and older)
  • citizenship status, and
  • genetic information.

In addition, Arizona state law also prohibits discrimination based on:

  • race
  • color
  • national origin
  • religion
  • sex
  • pregnancy
  • disability: physical or mental
  • age (40 and older)
  • genetic information, and
  • AIDS/HIV (according to Attorney General opinion).
Several cities in the U.S. have their own laws protecting additional characteristics or extending protection to more employees. Contact your local government to learn more.

Which Employers Are Subject to Antidiscrimination Laws?

Federal antidiscrimination laws apply to Illinois employers with 15 or more employees, with the following exceptions:

  • age discrimination (employers with 20 or more employees)
  • citizenship status discrimination (employers with four or more employees), and
  • equal pay for men and women (all employers).

In Arizona, employers with 15 or more employees are subject to the state's antidiscrimination law.

What government agency regulates workplace discrimination in Arizona?

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is the federal agency that regulates workplace discrimination. You can contact the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission by calling 800-669-4000 or check out its website at www.eeoc.gov. The website will help you locate an EEOC field office in Arizona. (See our article on filing a discrimination claim with the EEOC.)

The Civil Rights Division enforces state antidiscrimination law in Arizona. You can contact the Civil Rights Division at 602-542-5263 or 877-491-5742 or or go to its website.

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